• 5th Annual Arcus Awards Honor Innovation, Inclusion, and Economic Growth

    Mar 02, 2018
    ArcusAward2018The St. Louis Regional Chamber honored the region’s most prosperous and inspirational leaders and companies at the 5th Annual Arcus Awards event on Thursday evening. The Academy Awards-style program, presented by RubinBrown LLP, honored the achievements of companies and organizations that are inspiring a greater St. Louis. Over 720 executives, entrepreneurs and civic leaders registered to attend the dinner program at the Marriott St. Louis Grand.

    Out of hundreds of nominations, a panel of business scholars and executives selected 11 award winners based on their accomplishments reflecting the Chamber’s One Plan for regional prosperity. The categories honor leadership in the region’s strongest industry clusters that have the global potential for growth, organizations that are creating economic opportunity and mobility through greater educational attainment, inclusion and talent attraction and entrepreneurship and innovation, and companies advocating for forward-thinking economic policies. For the second year in a row, additional recognition was given to a winner of the Arcus People’s Choice Award, selected by over 1,100 individual votes from across the region.

    The 5th Annual Arcus Awards winners were: Electrical Connection, World Wide Technology, MilliporeSigma, Regions Bank, Prosperity Connection, Christian Hospital, Flat World Supply Chain, St. Louis American Foundation, Arch GrantsLaunchCode, and Bi-State Development Research Institute.

    RubinBrown Chairman John Herber, Jr., said, “The Arcus Awards allow us to celebrate the amazing innovation, resilience and achievements of our nominees and finalists. These companies are the best of St. Louis and help our economy grow. We are proud to return for the fifth year as the presenting sponsor of these important and inspiring awards.”

    Arcus is the Latin word for “arch” and symbolizes the Gateway Arch, the unifying symbol of our bi-state region. All of the award finalists, comprised of companies and organizations of all sizes from throughout the bi-state region, were showcased in video segments during the event. Winners in each category received a hand-crafted art piece designed by Mitch Horstmann of St. Louis Sculpture Factory.

    The Arcus Awards winners by category are:

    The Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award for a company making positive changes that impact St. Louisans was presented to Electrical Connection. The Electrical Connection (EC) is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). For more than 75 years, its IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Through its workforce development, support for STEM education, diversity outreach, apprenticeship training and continuing education programs, Electrical Connection truly exemplifies what it means to be a Corporate Citizen.

    Other finalists included: Bunzl Distribution, Maritz, MilliporeSigma, and Redberri Earth Foundation.
    The BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award, for advancing St. Louis’ rich history and global reputation as a hub of innovation and forward-looking vision, was presented to World Wide Technology. Since 2011, WWT has grown by more than 56 percent and in 2016, ranked 30th on a Forbes list of the largest U.S. private companies, and is the nation’s largest African American-owned business in the country. From record growth to corporate innovation to community investment, World Wide Technology truly demonstrates the best of St. Louis’ spirit. 

    Other finalists included: CEdge Software Consultants, Scott Air Force Base Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Advisory Group (STEAM), and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. 

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Biosciences, sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP, was presented to MilliporeSigma, the life science arm of Merck KGaA. MilliporeSigma employs about 2,000 people in St. Louis, and provide research and lab-based solutions like genomic sequencing technology and stem cell research, and work with international partners to tackle major global diseases.  

    Other finalists included: Aptimmune Biologics, Confluence Discovery Technologies, DynaLabs, and SentiAR.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Financial Services, sponsored by Thompson Coburn LLP, was presented to both Regions Bank and Prosperity Connection. Regions Bank will invest over $40 million in the St. Louis market to open 11 new banking centers in 2018. They are also investing in low-income housing, no-cost financial education, mentorship through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and community development support for our communities. 
    Prosperity Connection assists low-and-moderate income households build their financial confidence and capability through access to financial education and affordable financial services. Specifically, they operate RedDough Money Centers to combat payday loan lenders in low-income neighborhoods with more affordable options and financial education for residents. 

    Other finalists included: Assembly Payments and Commerce Bank

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Health, sponsored by Centene Corporation, was presented to Christian Hospital. Christian Hospital has planned a transition to all private patient rooms, a $5 million extensive lobby renovation; a $2.7 million lab equipment upgrade; $1 million investment in a new ambulance fleet; and conversion to a new $16 million universal electronic medical record system, in addition to opening two new health centers. They also operate the Christian Hospital PCT Academy, the Christian Hospital EMS (CHEMS) Academy, and partner with area schools to provide job training and workforce development for surrounding communities. 

    Other finalists included: A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Hospital Sisters Health System, Medical Transportation Management, Inc. and St. Luke’s Hospital.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Logistics, sponsored by Spire, was presented to Flat World Supply Chain. Flat World is a technology-based third-party logistics company that helps their clients identify opportunities to change and improve their business processes and operations using an innovative technology for rate/service comparison, tracking, reporting and data mining, and consolidated invoicing. Flat World has now grown to 80 employees and four operating companies to date.

    Other finalists included: City of Alton Mulitmodal Center, Seyer Industries, Inc. and St. Louis Regional Freightway.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment, sponsored by STL Communications, Inc., was presented to the St. Louis American Foundation, created by the St. Louis American newspaper. The Foundation focuses on individual achievement recognition events, scholarships and community Grants (more than $5 million distributed locally) and the award-winning Newspaper in Education Program, which provides and delivers actual physical newspapers with specific STEM, health and financial literary content for 4th-5th grade students at no charge to nearly 7,000 students in nearly 300 classrooms in seven area school districts each week. 

    Other finalists: Fontbonne University, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, PNC Financial Services, Southeast Missouri State University, and St. Louis Graduates.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, sponsored by Monsanto Company, was presented to Arch Grants. Every year, the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition awards $50,000 equity-free cash grants and pro bono support services to innovative, scalable, and job-creating startups that agree to locate their business in St. Louis for at least one year. Since inception in 2012, Arch Grants companies have generated over $48,000,000 in revenue, attracted over $100,000,000 in follow-on capital, and created more than 1,000 new jobs in the St. Louis region. 

    Other finalists included: Astral AR, Ameren Accelerator powered by University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate & Capital Innovators, Cultivation Capital, Kingdom Scene Endeavors, SafeTrek and SixThirty CYBER.

    The Arcus Award for Inclusion and Talent Attraction, sponsored by Express Scripts, was presented to LaunchCode. LaunchCode helps job seekers enter the tech field by providing accessible education, training and paid apprenticeship job placement. Once placed in a LaunchCode position, a candidate works at another company in an apprenticeship, where they are paired with a mentor and given training on the job. Thirty-one percent of current enrolled students are African-American, 42 percent are female, and fifty-five percent of their apprenticeships were previously unemployed.

    Other finalists included: BioSTL, Concordance Academy of Leadership, HireLevel, Programmer Resources International, Inc., and St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Public Policy, sponsored by Edward Jones, was presented to Bi-State Development Research Institute. Bi-State Development Research Institute is the nonprofit research arm of the regional development organization Bi-State Development. The organization conducts research on policy research and planning, land use, real estate development, and publishes various papers and feasibility studies on regional, community, and economic development issues. So far, they have launched mobile health clinics and fresh produce markets at MetroLink stations, and its research is helping to drive innovative programs and partnerships across the region.

    Other finalists included: American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation, Citizens for Modern Transit, Governor’s Innovation Task Force, and the Missouri Budget Project. 

    The Arcus People’s Choice Award, sponsored by RubinBrown LLP, was awarded to Fontbonne University. Fontbonne University is a coed liberal arts Catholic institution of approximately 3,000 students in Clayton, Missouri. The institution created Fontbonne Promise - a new scholarship program designed to make debt-free college a reality for low-income students. The innovative program will cover full tuition and fees for students who are first-time students, first year students with a zero-expected family contribution. 

    The other top 5 finalists were: Southeast Missouri State University (2); DynaLabs (3); Christian Hospital (4); and HireLevel (5).
  • Organizational Change Announced for the St. Louis Regional Chamber

    Feb 20, 2018
    Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber since 2012, informed the Executive Committee of the Chamber’s Board of Directors that he is resigning his position effective at the end of this month.

    “I am grateful to the Board for the outstanding opportunity to lead the Regional Chamber for the past six years,” said Joe Reagan. “I want to thank the Chamber’s very talented team of staff-leaders for their hard work and dedication to causes that are so important for St. Louis’ future.”

    "On behalf of the Chamber's Board of Directors, we want to thank Joe for his dedicated service to the St. Louis region and community. We wish him much success in his future endeavors," said Warner Baxter, Chairman of the Chamber's Board of Directors.

    Baxter also announced that Tom Chulick, the former chairman and CEO of UMB Bank-St. Louis and former president of UMB-Midwest Region, has agreed to lead the Chamber as the acting president and CEO, starting on March 1. Baxter also said that the Executive Committee is forming a search committee that will identify a permanent CEO.

    “We are very fortunate to have Tom Chulick lead the Chamber during this important transition,” said Baxter. “He is a proven leader, demonstrated by his 10 years of experience based here in St. Louis at UMB Bank. That experience, coupled with his continued strong engagement in the Chamber and the St. Louis community, will enable him to hit the ground running and effectively lead the Chamber in driving economic development for the St. Louis region.”

    Chulick said, “I see enormous potential for the St. Louis regional economy. It’s a wonderful place to start a business. It’s a wonderful place to grow a business. I am very excited to engage with and lead the talented team at the Chamber, as well as work closely with the Chamber’s investors and other public and private sector leaders to execute strategies that will continue to drive economic development for
    the St. Louis region.”

    Tom Chulick has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the former chairman, CEO and president of UMB Bank-St. Louis and president of UMB-Midwest Region.

    Mr. Chulick’s expertise is in commercial banking, brokerage, institutional asset management, wealth management and treasury services. While at UMB, the bank’s St. Louis region achieved unprecedented sales growth with a six-year compounded annual growth rate of more than 24 percent. Mr. Chulick led a successful turnaround in three additional markets, and as a result, his model became the standard for the entire company.

    While at UMB, Mr. Chulick was responsible for consumer services, wealth management, commercial banking, fiscal activities, risk management and human resources for Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and greater St. Louis.

    Mr. Chulick instituted, monitored and mentored investments in the SixThirty FinTech Accelerator, led the company in highest customer and associate satisfaction scores and earned the UMB Financial Corporation Leadership Award, the company’s highest honor.

    Mr. Chulick currently serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, as Chair of the Education Attainment and Talent Development Committee and as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. He also is on the Board of Trustees of Webster University and the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Sports Commission. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Regional Business Council.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rockhurst University.

    About the St. Louis Regional Chamber
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber, working with our partners throughout the bi-state metropolitan area, represents a strong team for St. Louis. Whether supporting public policy and infrastructure initiatives, or attracting new jobs, capital investment and talent, the Chamber is helping to lead the way to a greater St. Louis. The Chamber represents the 15-county, bi-state region comprising the city of St. Louis, the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren; and the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair. Businesses of all sizes from startups to Fortune 1000s, non-profits, government agencies, education institutions, healthcare and labor organizations are included in this alliance.

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